Online PD must be job-embedded according to Education SME

On June 3, Michael Weinraub, a blended learning subject matter expert (SME) within PCG Education, shared insights into effective online learning for teachers in an article he authored for Education Week’s blog, “Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12.” In the piece, Michael argues that digital learning--whether blended or fully online--must be job-embedded to be effective for teachers’ development. [More]

#PCGCares: Chicago staff run to impact youth violence

On May 26, 2016, members of PCG's Chicago office participated in the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge, running the 3.5 mile course through downtown Chicago alongside a record-breaking 27,000+ entrants. Chicago's Chase Corporate Challenge benefitted Get IN Chicago, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing youth violence through evidence-based programs to create stronger, safer communities. [More]

#PCGCares in Phoenix!

Public Partnerships' Amy Sayler, Shane Moodyman and Cheryl Marsh are spearheading the Phoenix office's volunteer efforts to celebrate PCG's 30-year anniversary. As part of the firm wide "30...for Thirty Years" community service initiative, Phoenix staff have set the impressive goal of rallying 30 volunteers for each of the office's upcoming volunteer activities. [More]

PCG announces third “30 for 30” grant

To commemorate our 30th year of service, and to offer some very humble thanks to our clients and the communities that we serve, PCG has pledged to donate $30,000 to selected charities throughout 2016. We kicked off our “30 for 30” campaign in February 2016 with the first of six grants to support Rodman Ride for Kids, followed by the April 2016 recipient, CASA Sacramento (see the February and April announcements for more information). [More]

Louisiana implements Medicaid expansion

On June 1, 2016, Louisiana became the 31st state to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Louisiana has obtained federal approval to use pre-existing data from its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to adjudicate Medicaid eligibility in real time, both at initial Medicaid enrollment and upon re-enrollment; it is the first State to have won such approval via a Medicaid plan amendment rather than time-limited federal waivers. [More]

#PCGCares: Raleigh office continues relationship with the IFFS

For the second straight year, staff from the Raleigh Office spent an afternoon volunteering at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's (IFFS) Tryon Road Teaching Farm. On May 12, PCG volunteers from Education, Health and Human Services (HS) assisted with soil preparation, weeding, harvesting eggs, and feeding livestock on the farm. Tryon Road Teaching Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture; and, in conjunction with IFFS' other programs, the farm supports 10 surrounding counties and assists in feeding more than 50,000 adults and children each month. [More]

#PCGCares: Columbus office races for the cure

On Saturday, May 14, Health staff from PCG's Columbus office participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Poor weather conditions--cold temperatures, blustery wind, and pouring rain--weren't enough to deter the brave PCG volunteers who arrived at the Survivor Palooza at 6:00AM to set up, greet survivors and their guests, hand out snacks and provide information about race day activities. At one point, two volunteers literally held on to the tent poles to keep the tent from blowing away! Collectively, the Ohio office raised nearly $1,000 for the Race for the Cure and PCG has graciously agreed to match up to $1,000. [More]

HHS finalizes ACA non-discrimination rules

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), finalized rules in the Federal Register on non-discrimination under federally-funded health care programs and activities. The final rules implement section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which broadly prohibits discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability, in order to advance health care equity and reduce health care disparities. The final rules reflect OCR’s evaluation of 24,875 public comments on proposed rules that were published on September 8, 2015. [More]

PCG provides program validation for innovative pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism

In 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts launched a pay-for-success program aimed at reducing recidivism among juvenile and adult offenders while improving the lives of hundreds of high-risk young men, saving taxpayer dollars, and strengthening communities. Referred to as the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Project, this program was the third large-scale implementation of a pay-for-success model according to a Harvard Business School (HBS) case study entitled, “Massachusetts Pay for Success Contracts: Reducing Juvenile and Young Adult Recidivism.” [More]